Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that there is mutual interest in a possible reunion between Justin Morneau and the Twins.
Over the weekend LaVelle Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the Twins front office was looking to add “veteran leadership,” irrespective of the position. Morneau would qualify for that role and would be especially appropriate for it given his decade-long tenure with the Twins.
As far as baseball goes, it’s unclear how much, if anything, Morneau has left in the tank. Last season he hit .261/.303/.429 with six homers and 25 RBI in 218 plate appearances with the White Sox. He only played in 49 games in 2015. The 2006 American League MVP was almost exclusively a DH in Chicago. Joe Mauer and Byung-Ho Park handled first base and DH duties last season with Miguel Sano taking several turns at DH as well. Mauer isn’t going anywhere. Sano is slated to be the everyday third baseman. Park, however, was a liability at the plate.
Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.
Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.
The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.
Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.